There weren't a lot of surprises when the Raiders announced the moves they made today to bring their roster to 53 players by the league deadline. Along with cutting 17 players and terminating the contract of punt returner Roscoe Parrish, the Raiders placed three players on injured reserve and, most notably, put linebacker Aaron Curry on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Curry, the Raiders' projected starting weakside linebacker when camp began, still hasn't practiced all summer with sore knees. He now must sit out the first six weeks of the season before he is eligible to return to practice Oct. 16. After that, he can be activated within a 21-day period.
For now, that leaves rookie Miles Burris in line to start the season opener against San Diego on Sept. 10.
The Parrish Experiment, meanwhile, didn't last long. Brought in earlier this week to try to jump-start the Raiders' return game, Parrish muffed two punts against Seattle on Thursday night, and it appears to have cost him a pretty good shot at a roster spot.
Koye Francies, also signed this week, did survive the cuts despite mishandling a kickoff in the Seattle game. On a conference call held today before the moves were announced, head coach Dennis Allen mentioned Francies and said that despite that flub, "some of the coverage stuff was pretty good."
Linebacker Nathan Stupar was the only one of the Raiders' six draft picks not to survive the cuts, despite recording 11 tackles and a sack Thursday night. Allen said Stupar "did some good things" and has been showing progress recently in camp. If he clears waivers, Stupar would seem a pretty good candidate for the practice squad.
The current 53-man roster, of course, may well not be the one that suits up for the opener. Allen reiterated Friday that the Raiders will go through players waived by other teams and won't hesitate to make more moves. The backups played the majority of the 21-3 loss to the Seahawks and for the most part did not impress.
"That's been a concern, the depth on our roster," Allen said. "I think it just reconfirmed that we have to upgrade the bottom half of the roster because depth is a concern."
Teams can start signing players that were waived today beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. That's also when teams can start building their eight-man practice squads.
Here's the full list of roster moves made today:
LB Kaelin Burnett
K Eddy Carmona
WR Derek Carrier
WR Brandon Carswell
DE Hall Davis
TE Kyle Efaw
DL Dominique Hamilton
OL Kevin Haslam
OL Nick Howell
LB Chad Kilgore
OL Dan Knapp
WR Eddie McGee
C Colin Miller
RB Lonyae Miller
WR Travionte Session
LB Nathan Stupar
S Curtis Taylor
TE Tory Humphrey (hamstring)
P Marquette King (toe)
S Brandon Underwood (hip/groin)
LB Aaron Curry
WR Roscoe Parrish